Thursday, July 31, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 1 Aug 14, Take action to save youth from drugs
It’s sad that meth addiction is growing in India (India’s meth addiction grows as criminals tap chemical hub, July 31).
It’s hard to stop people from buying medicines like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, both of which are legally used in medication such as decongestants. But the authorities will have to find a way to restrict the sale of these drugs and take necessary action to save the young generation from falling prey to prescription drugs.
K Ragavan, US

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Life is Beautiful 226.

In this World Love is Playing a Vital roll  was true. Prasanna was feeling some sort  of  happiness which he could n't express.He has moved with many Women but  after seeing Kathambari  he felt  some sort of attachment  towards her  as if he has moved with her for many years.In this today's Materialistic world every body look for External Personality and Position  only ,not real love  and affection.Like Prasanna Kathambari was also have the same feelings which she was unable to express.This shows the real love and affection  beyond any other materialistic.benefits. Prasanna was  thinking about Kathambari  and she was also thinking about him .Even though they met only on two Occasions.  Prasanna's thinking was disturbed by Chander's call
Hello,Mr Prasanna.Good news,Our new product has been approved in Rashid hospital.
Prasanna.Really a good news.Congratulations .
Chander.Thank you.Are you in the office.
Chander.Tomorrow i will come to your flat and pick you for the function.
Prasanna.What Function.
Chander.Satyanarayana Pooja in Kathambari's house.
Prasanna.Oh,i have for gotten.I will be ready at 10AM.Will it be alright.
Chander.No problem.I will come at 10.Bye now
After the call Prasanna was wondering  what a Coincidence,i was thinking Kathambari just now and Chander called  for tomorrow's Pooja at Kathambari 's house.
After that he was busy with his Work.Sent a mail to Murthy about the big Contract from  Rashid hospital.By that time he received a call
(to be continued0.
See You Next Week,


Letter Published in The National UAE on 30 July 14Name withheld by request
It is good to see that Indian Muslims are doing something about the suffering of Palestinians (Muslims in India boycott Coke and Pepsi in silent protest against Gaza attacks, July 29)
This is a show of solidarity with the victims of attacks by the Israeli military.
K Ragavan, US

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tribute to Cinematographer P.S.Vinod 309.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality form the South Indian Film Industry is none other than CinematographerP.S.Vinod.Started his career with famous Cinematographer SanthoshSivan and later he had his Own identity.Studied in the famous Film and Television Institute of TamilNadu now known as MGR,film institute.He has worked with top class Directors of three language films Tamil,Telugu and Hindi is worth to be mentioned here.Even though he has more than twenty films to his credit i have seen few films of this Cinematographer.Good frame work in Indoor and Out door will be More visible in his films.The films i have seen ,Appu,Rhythm
AaranyaKandam ,Manam (Telugu) was a big hit in the recent and Tees Maar Khan (Hindi).In his short span of film career he earned a good name   was not a exaggerated one.Aaranya Kaandam won The Grand Jury Award for the Best Film ot South Asian International Film Festival.Vijay Award also he got for his work Kadhal 2Kalyanam.Today i am happy to tribute this talented Up coming technician.
See You Next Week,


letter Published in The National Uae on 29 July 14
Suicide has many reasonshe number of Indians committing suicide in the UAE is alarming.
There are various factors that lead individuals to this path, including faulty financial planning and personal problems. It is, however, heartening to know that the Indian mission is helping this vulnerable community with professional and legal advice.
We can only hope that these facilities will help reduce the number of suicides in the future.
K Ragavan, US

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 27 July 14Uncontrolled rail crossings at fault
It was sad and painful to read your story, India train rams school bus killing 20, mostly children (July 25).
Most railway level crossings in India are not controlled by gates and it seems likely that that was the main contributing factor in this tragedy.
The authorities should look into this important issue and make essential changes as soon as they can so that similar tragedies will not occur again.

K Ragavan, US

Friday, July 25, 2014

Article 361.

Article Published in  The Gulf Today UAE on 26 July 14(361).

Write right

I used to participate in various writing competitions while at school and won a few prizes. Later, writing became a passion for me. Recently, a friend displayed a collection of his write-ups that had appeared in various UAE newspapers and international journals on a famous social website. It made me think about the power of the social media which offers a superb platform for everyone to utilise. When good thoughts come to one’s mind, it is worthwhile writing it down. It was  Louis L’Amour who once said, “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” 
K. Ragavan, Denver

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 24 July 14MH17 must not be a political football
Your editorial (Blame-shifting is no help to those grieving the MH17 victims, July 22) made a series of meaningful points.
Blaming others is not going to help the victims’ families. An independent investigation has to establish the truth about what happened and to punish those who are responsible.

K Ragavan, US

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life is Beautiful 225.

Kathambari reached home.Vasanthy was happy she has come for the lunch in time.
Vasanthy.I am very happy you came in time for lunch.
Kathambari.Yes,after collecting the items i rushed very fast because  you are waiting for me for the lunch.
Vasanthy.Good,it seems to day you are very happy.What is the matter.
Kathambari.Nothing.I have for gotten my vallet in the cash counter
Vasanthy.Oh My god you lost it.
Kathambari.No mummy ,luckily Prasanna was in the Mall and he took it called me.
Vasanthy.Who is Prasanna
Kathambari.You do n't know.He is Chander's boss.The other day i met him in the office.I told him to bring the vallet on  friday our Pooja day.
Vasanthy.You invited him.
Kathambari.YesMummy.By the by he is the disciple of Ram.
Vasanthy.Oh i see.
Kathambari.Mumma ,he is very smart ,inteligent
Vasanthy.And handsome too.
Kathambari.How you know
Vasanthy.This is the usual dialoque  will come
KathambariThat is in films
Vasanthy.Real life only film .Any way i am happy you are happy today.Come  i will bring the plates let us have lunch.
After finishing the lunch both were watching a movie for  one hour and then went for rest.
 Ram was  reading a magazine in his house.Suddenly  his phone was ringing.Prasanna was on the other line
Good after noon Sir,how are you.Hope i am not disturbing you.
Ram.Not at all.Tell me
Prasanna.Today i met Kathambari in City  Center ,she left  her  vallet  and i saw that in he counter
then i called and told her vallet is safe.She told to bring it  on the pooja day.She is working in your Office sir
you told me once i remembered.
Ram.Good,She is very smart
Ram.Beautiful .Right
Prasanna.Yes Sir
Ram.Then to day is really a Beautiful day for you
Prasanna.Not like that,i wanted to inform you
(to be continued).
See You Next Week

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tribute to Director AbhishekVarman 308.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from the Bollywood  Film Industry  is none other than Director AbhishekVarman. In his eight years film career he was Successfully presented a memorable family drama Two States is very important.With Arjun Kapoor,Alia Bhat ,Ronit Roy  and South  Revathy  was played very well Under this Young Director.Two states was his first movie  very well welcomed by the audience is Worth to be mentioned here.Good story,Screen play,Dialoques and Sentiments was nicely imposed in this movie.The Original  idea was based from famous author Chetan Bhagat and nicely taken by the Director on the screen..Lilting Music by Shankar-Ehsaan -Loy and  beautiful frame work by Cinemato grapher Binod Pradhan is the important features of this movie.Even though Abhishek Varman's first movie
he has handled it very nicely..Indian film Industry has proved that they have talented technicians in all the regional languages.Today i am very happy to tribute this Up coming Director.
See You Next Week,

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Letter Published  in The National UAEOn 20July  14.Know your limits when using credit
I am writing in response to your editorial, Ways to avert debt tragedies (July 18).
The murder-suicide of an Indian family in the UAE has been linked to the use of credit cards.
People must learn to use credit cards judiciously and not exceed their ability to repay.
K Ragavan, US

Friday, July 18, 2014

Article 360.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on  19July (360).

Long-distance love

I received a call from my grandson, asking me when I would be returning to India. When I replied that I would be going in September, I asked him what gifts he wanted from the US. Usually kids expect some kinds of gifts or rewards from their relatives living abroad. However, my grandson’s response was both unexpected and touching.

“Grandpa,” said my grandson, “We don’t want anything from there. We want you to return soon before September. We miss you a lot.”

I was moved by the words of this little boy. More than expecting some form of material gift, he believed the best gift was my presence. When someone thinks of you in that manner, it is a heart-rending moment.

All my grandchildren were with me for nearly 11 years in the UAE. There is a special kind of affection which no one can give you, except grandchildren.
K. Ragavan, Denver

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Letter Published in The Ntional UAE on 18 July 14Seeking the truth about meeting
Your story Anger in India over meeting with Pakistani terror suspect (July 17) caught my attention.

The recent meeting of the Indian journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik with Pakistan terror suspect Muhammad Saeed has ignited a storm of protest in India, especially among the opposition parties in parliament.

For its part, the Indian government has said the meeting is nothing to do with it.

I hope the truth of this matter can be established as soon as ­possible.

K Ragavan, US

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Letter Published in The New Indian Express Bangalore India on 16 July 14
Your Power &Politics (TNSE June 13)by Prabhu Chawla made an interesting read.The author has rightly described Jaitley's budget as a stereotypical budget.However ,there was good news too.Jaitley   increased
the tax exemption from 2.5 lakhsto 3lakhs for senior citizens; this was completely neglected by the previous administration.And ,the agriculture sector has received a boost.

Life is Beautiful 224.

While driving Kathambari was thinking about Prasanna .Smart guy,with leadership abilities and above all Charming personality ,murmuring Kathambari . The hand some personality of Prasanna was attracted by Kathambari was no wonder. She was humming her favourite song from Chennai express and incidently Prasanna from Chennai settled in Mysore..Her thinking was disturbed by Vasnthy's call
Hi ,Mum,i got it.I am on the way.What else.
Vasanthy.Nothing, come quickly for lunch.I am waiting for you.
After the conversation her mind has gone back to Prasanna.
This is called Love at first sight ,but in Kathambari's case Second sight.First she met Prasanna in his office and today she met him in City Centre.By that time her mobile was ringing.
When she took the phone she was surprised the other side was Prasanna
Hello,you have missed your Vallet when you are going.Seeing your Mobile number out side i am calling.
Kathambari.Oh,thank you. After paying by over sight i left it in the Cash counter.
Prasanna.Yes,Luckily when i came for paying i saw your name.
Kathambari.Thank you Prasanna.When Coming for Satyanarayana pooja i will collect.
Prasanna.O.K.i If any important documents are there.
Prasanna.Then i will bring it on Friday when i come .
Kathambari. Bye
Kathambari was wondering when i was thinking about Prasanna his call came .
This is known as Destiny and what ever will happen will happen.
(to be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tribute to Cinemotagrapher Prem 307.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from the Tamil film industry is none other than Cinematographer  Prem Kumar.In his short span of film career he has established his namewas laudable.I have seen only one film of this Cinematographer and the   film was Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom.New actors was introduced in this film and all are acted nicely Under the able Direction of Balaji Tharaneetharan was worth to be mentioned here.Prem kumar's good frame work of both indoor and out door  shots was more visible . Incidently he hails from the famous place Pudukottai where  Many popular
artists was created.To day i am very happy to tribute this talented Up coming Cinematographer.I have been repeatedly writing in this Column   Tamil film industry is producing lot of talented technicians in the recent
particularly Directors and Cinematographers.  wishing  him all the very best in his future career.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Enemity and after effects.

பகைமையும் அதன் பின் விளைவுகளும் 
நண்பர்களானாலும் சரி ,உறவுகளானாலும் சரி பகைமை பாராட்டுவது நல்லது அல்ல. இன்முகத்துடன் ஒருவருக்கொருவர் ,அன்புடன் பேசிகொண்டால் நட்பு உண்டாகிறது ,பரிவு உண்டாகிறது ,பாசம் உண்டாகிறது ,வேற்றுமை உணர்வு வருவதில்லை. ஒருவருக்கு ஒருவர் புரிந்து கொள்ளாமை,பொறாமை போன்ற காரணங்களினால் 
பகைமை உணர்வு வருகிறது.பகைமை உணர்வு வந்து விட்டால் ,எதையும் செய்ய தோன்றுகிறது .அதன் விளைவுகள் , உயிருக்கு சேதம் வரும் அளவுக்கு போய்விடுகிறது .பகைமை உணர்வை ,நாம் நிரந்தரமாக நம் மனதில் இருந்து கிள்ளிஎறிந்து
விடுவது மிக முக்கியம்.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Which is Permanent.

நிரந்தரம் எது
இந்த உலகத்தில் எதுவும் நிரந்தரம் இல்லை ..நாம் நினைத்து கொண்டிருக்கிறோம் இது தான் நிரந்தரம் என்று ஆனால் அது இல்லை. நேற்று இருந்த சக்தி இன்று இல்லை ,நேற்று இருந்த அழகு இன்று இல்லை ,நேற்று இருந்த பண பலம் சிலருக்கு இன்று இல்லை ,நேற்று சாதாரண மாக இருந்த வர்கள் இன்று பெரிய செல்வந்தர்களாக மாறி விடுகிறார்கள். ஒரு பெரிய நகரத்திற்கு நாம் சென்று அங்கு இருக்கும் வீடுகளையும் ,அதன் அமைப்புகளையும்  பார்த்து வியக்கும் பொது அடுத்த வீடுகளை பார்க்கும் போது பழைய வீடுகள் நினைவு மறந்து விடுகிறது.  நேற்று இருந்த நட்பு இன்று இல்லை ,புதிய நட்புகள் தோன்றுகிறது.நேற்று அடங்காமல் இருந்தவர்கள் இன்று அடக்கத்துடன் இருக்கிறார்கள்.இப்படி அடுக்கிகொண்டே போனால் எதுவும் நிரந்தரம் இல்லை. இதை நாம் உணர்வதில்லை .இதுதான் நிரந்தரம் என்னும் நம் எண்ணத்தை நாம் நிரந்தரமாக  கைவிடவேண்டும் .இன்றும் என்றும் நிரந்தரமாக எல்லோராலும் நினைப்பவன் இறைவன் ஒருவனே..


Letter Published in The National Uae on 13,July 14.
BJP Budget Offers little to the  poor        The newly-elected government of Narendra Modi has delivered a budget offering hope for the poor and downtrodden. Even though people had great expectations for this budget, I believe that the effect is this will be a good  budget for economic growth.
Extending the tax limit for senior citizens and addressing the agriculture sector are both important and laudable moves.
K Ragavan, US

Friday, July 11, 2014

Article 359.

Article  Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 12 July 14, (359).

Amazing NY

I have noticed something contradictory about short trips. They tend to be hectic but also memorable, especially if they are visits to famous destinations. My week- long trip to New York was not an exception to this rule. 

New York is a fascinating city, with its famous landscape comprising iconic structures such as the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

The trip will be incomplete if one doesn’t visit Times Square, take pictures with the Statue of Liberty and gaze upon nature’s marvel, Niagara Falls.

So with just a week in hand and a packed itinerary I was still able to thoroughly enjoy myself and tick a few items off my bucket list. 
K. Ragavan, Denver

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tribute to Mother Tongue.

என்னே மொழியின் மகிமை.
ஒவ்வருவரும் தங்கள் தாய் மொழியின் மீது பற்றுதல் வைக்க வேண்டும் .பரிவு வைக்க வேண்டும்.தாய் மொழியை தவிர வேறு மொழிகளை கற்பதில் தவறில்லை. அவரவர் மொழியின் மூலமாக ,அவர்களுடன் பேசினால் அன்பு உண்டாகிறது ,பாசம் உண்டாகிறது .இனிய நட்பு உண்டாகிறது.நெருக்கம் உண்டாகிறது.பாரத தேசம் பல மொழிகளை தன்னுடன் அரவணைத்து கொண்டுஇருக்கிரது. பிற மொழியினரையும் சமமாக ,பாவித்து ,அனைத்து ,அரவணைத்து போகும் உயர்ந்த குணம் தமிழனிடம் இருப்பதில் வியப்பில்லை.அதற்கு உதாரணம் சென்னை ,மா நகரம்.மொழி வெறியாக மாரிவிட்டால் வேற்றுமை பாரட்ட தோன்றுகிறது .அடுத்தவர்களுக்கு குடிக்க ,தண்ணீர் கொடுக்க யோசனை உண்டாகிறது .தாய்மொழி ,நமது பிறப்பு உரிமை ,தேசத்தை மொழிகளின் மூலமாக பாதுகாக்கவேண்டியது இந்திய குடிமகனான நம் எல்லோருடிய தலை யாய கடமை.இதில்தமிழன் முதலிடம் வகிப்பான்என்பதில் எள்ளளவும் ஐயமிலை .வாழ்க இந்தியா ,வளர்க தமிழர் பண்பாடு ,ஒற்றுமை


Letter Published in The National UAE on 10J uly 1Eating well is key to beating obesity
Your editorial, Obesity or prayer? Knee problems prompt a joint approach (July 8), was interesting.
Obesity is a global problem due to bad eating habits and lack of exercise.
People must avoid junk food and do simple exercise like walking if they want to avoid health problems such as hyper­tension.
K Ragavan, US

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Life is Beautiful 223.

After finishing his work Prasanna was ready for leaving to his flat.By that time he received a call from Ram.
How are you Prasanna.How is life in Dubai.
Prasanna.Life in Dubai is beautiful.How are you sir,
Ram.I am fine.How is your mother.
Prasanna.Fine,yesterday i spoke to her.Raj and Murthy also  fine.
Prasanna.Sir,today i met Kathambari in my office.Chander introduced her.Smart lady.
Ram.Yes,she is smart and  intelligent.
Prasanna.Tell me sir,What for you called me.
Ram.Chander thanked me for recommending him to you.He is happy with you and work.
Prasanna.I should thank you for recommending him to us.Today very difficult to get good .getting good people .
Ram.True,today getting  good people for work  has become a rare commodity.O.K.  take care.
Prasanna.You too .
After the Conversation Prasanna came out took a taxi reached his flat. After that he changed his dress came to City Centre which was close from his house.After buying some items he came to the Cash counter to pay for the bill. By that time some body was calling his name.He turned back ,surprised to see Kathambari was standing
Hello,  i Came to buy some items for the Satyanarayana pooja ,surprised to see you here.
Prasanna.I too came here to buy some items.
Kathambari.Nice,how you like Dubai.
Prasanna.Nice and fast.People are friendly.
Kathambari.Nice.You like Emirates .Good
By that time Kathambari's phone was ringing
Kathambari,i have for gotten to tell one item.Buy Badam  Vasanthy was in the Other line
Kathambari.O.K.Mum,I will buy.
Prasanna.Then i will make a move.
Kathambari.O.K. We will meet on the Pooja day Bye now.
Prasanna Came home.  
(tobe continued).
See You Next Week,

Monday, July 7, 2014


Letter Published in India Abroad USA on 11July 14.
Congratulations Sri
Your article,He personifies  the best of America ,was meaningful and thought provoking (India Abroad ,  Person of the year issue ,June 270 Kudos to SriKanth Srinivasan.It is a great honor  ,to be the first South  Asian American Judge on  such a high court.Certainly he will deliver and prove his mettle.

Tribute to Cinematographer Preetha 306.

Today  i remembered another interesting film personality from the South Indian Film Industry is none other than Cinematographer Preetha.In her short span of   time she has created a  big impact was not  a exaggerated one.She has contributed her work both in Tamil and Kannada film  is important.She has worked  many films with Veteran actor,Producer ,Director Prakash Raj'.Even though she has few films to her credit in her Six years film career all are remarkable.Neat indoor  and out  door shots are more visible in her frame work.She has worked with all the leading actors viz,Prakash Raj,Sneha,Prithviraj,Urvashi,and many others.
I saw few films of this Cinematographer's films.Those films are ,Abhiyum Naanum,KannaMoochi Yenada,and the recent much talked film Un Samayal Arayil.Un SamayalArayil was superb  movie with PrakashRaj ,Sneha leading  with other new comers.Good frame work by Preetha and  remarkable Direction by PrakashRaj.Preetha is one of the talented Women Cinematographer in the film industry. We have  many Capable Women Cinematographers in our  film industry is worth to be mentioned here.Women are more visible in all walks of life including Film industry.Today i am very happy to tribute this talented ,Upcoming Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Letter Published in Thendral Tamil Magazine USA,July 2014,Issue

தென்றல் கதை ,கட்டுரை ,இதர விஷயங்களும் அருமையாக உள்ளன.
கடல் கடந்து வாழும்  தமிழ் அன்பர்களுக்குத்   தென்றல் ஒரு இனிய விருந்து. தென்றல் ஆசிரியர் குழு மற்றும் அலுவலக நண்பர்களுக்கும்
ரி. ராகவன் கிருஷ்ணமாச்சாரி
டென்வர் ,கொலராடோ


Letter Published in The National UAE on 7July 14.Laudable actions for Indian nurses
Your story, Indian nurses trapped in Iraq arrive home safely (July 6), described a laudable initiative.
People caught in these kinds of situations need this type of action from their governments to ensure they remain safe, no matter where they are. I hope this present Indian government will act like this again in future incidents.
K Ragavan, US

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 1 July 14,
Ensure Safety of train passengers
It is sad to hear about  frequent train accidents in India( Two train s derail  in India killings four  ,June 29).The government conducts  enquiries whenever an accident occurs, but they have not helped to make the situation  better.The real cause of the tragedy is not yet known , although Maoists  have been suspected.But what about the other accidents that happened in the past few months.?The Authorities  should stop blaming militants for every incident and immediately take measures to ensure  safety of passengers.

Article 358.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 5July 14(358)

Unexpected friendship

Before going to New York for a week, I met my friend and informed him of my travel plans. His smile immediately vanished off his face, and he said, “Sir, I will miss you during this week.” I had met him during one of my walks, less than two months ago. 

His feelings were completely unexpected, yet pleasantly surprising. I hadn’t realised that we had become such good friends and this thought made me beam with happiness. 

While the two of us continued our walk, I saw a patch of beautiful flowers growing in the distance and was reminded of a quote by Marcel Proust, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
K. Ragavan, Denver